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Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Arts

Tereshchenkivska St., 15/17, Kiev 10114, Ukraine
+380 44 235 0206
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Awesome collection of western and eastern arts

You will find moth European and Asian (e.g. Japanese) masterpieces there, the museum is divided in... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2017
Kiev, Ukraine
It's not just the museums but the people as well worth seeing.

August in Kyiv is a blast to the sensations even if we exclude Independence Day on the 24 August... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2017
Vilnius, Lithuania
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The largest museum of world arts in Ukraine was founded in 1919 on the basis of private art collection of Bohdan and Varvara Khanenkos, the outstanding Ukrainian patrons of art. Gorgeous interiors of the museum halls provide an exquisite setting for the unique collections of painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, and decorative art of Western Europe (Italy, Spain, France, Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Poland and etc.), and Asia (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Turkey, lands of Central Asia and Caucasus, China, Japan, India, Tibet, Mongolia, Buriatia, Kalmykia, and etc.), as well as the arts from the Ancient World (Egypt, Greece, Rome and Etruria). The key highlights of the museum include four Byzantine encaustic icons from 6th-7th centuries.The museum offers guided tours in Ukrainian, Russian, English, German and Chinese. Individual visitors can enjoy audio guide in Ukrainian, Russian, and English.The museum exposition is open daily, except Mondays and Tuesdays, from 10:30 till 17:30. Each first Wednesday of the month from 10:30 till 14:00– free access.
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Tereshchenkivska St., 15/17, Kiev 10114, Ukraine
+380 44 235 0206
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

You will find moth European and Asian (e.g. Japanese) masterpieces there, the museum is divided in 2 parts accordingly. The collection used to belong to Khanenko family, and they have made a decision to create a museum out of their mansion in the beginning of...More

Thank Valentyn_Onyshchenko
Reviewed 10 August 2017

August in Kyiv is a blast to the sensations even if we exclude Independence Day on the 24 August every year in Ukraine. Try the very steep escalators to the underground Metro in Kyiv, Ukraine and hop on one of the constantly shuttling almost always...More

Thank gregoryjarosch50
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Highly recommended to visit this very fine collection in its original setting! By far the finest collection we saw in Ukraine. And as usual in fine old buildings, don't forget to admire the ceilings. First class paintings and statues of course, but also the non-art...More

Thank kattullus
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We decided to visit this Art gallery whilst in Kyiv - but what I had not expected in particular was the room dedicated to Japan. It was wonderful, in particular the display of netsukes. Made of ivory - so tiny, but beautifully carved. There is...More

Thank kaw118
Reviewed 30 May 2017

An enjoyable experience,however, not a very extensive collection. Good collection of Japanese and far eastern art. You will need to pay for use of a camera ( mobile phone pictures are free) . As in all museums your tickets are scrupulously checked.

Thank Lovetotraveldubai
Reviewed 29 May 2017

This exhibition offers from paintings to tapestries to icons to porcelain. Very interesting is that you can take pictures with your phone free of charge but if you use a camera you have to pay. Some of the rooms look stunned g even if they...More

Thank sigzag
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Spent the afternoon here on a chilly day. Lots to see. Lovely old building in the heart of Kiev. Well worth a visit.

Thank endura66
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

A great collection of European fine art thoughtfully arranged within the well conserved rooms of the Khanenko mansion. The furnishings and interior design are an unexpected pleasure - particularly the Don Quixote tapestries and ceiling paintings in the salon. Obviously not on a par with...More

Thank VicsReviews
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Museum is located in Khanenki's House. Khanenki family were aristocrates who loved and collected art in 19th century. They even opened their collection to public access for free. After her husband's death Varvara Khanenko wanted to present her collection to Kyiv city. She fought with...More

1  Thank liliZz59
Reviewed 6 August 2016

Very much like the old ex-communist era museums in Kiev from 15 years ago. Difficult to find, not any advertising on front door, unsmiling babooshkas in every 2nd room. The babooshkas seem unchanged, never speaking except to point in horror if you choose a wrong...More

1  Thank witston
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